Hagel and Al Saud reaffirm defense partnership

Chuck Hagel, Defense Secretary of the U.S., met with Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on April 24 to review defense agreements.

Hagel is on a week long trip to the Middle East. It began in Israel and Jordan on April 20 and will eventually conclude with stops in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. He plans to discuss possible common threats and interests in the Middle East region.

On his stop in Saudi Arabia, Hagel spoke with the crown prince to go over their defense partnership. The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have had a long standing partnership.

Their talks covered defense ideas along with a promise that the U.S. would provide strategic precision defensive capabilities to boost the Saudi F-15 air fleet and helped to strengthen the fleet by providing weapons capable of navigating to their targets at longer distances.

"Both agreed the release reflected the close bilateral partnership and would enable long-term cooperation in the pursuit of common security policy aims of a peaceful and stable region," George Little, Pentagon Press Secretary, said. "The two defense leaders also consulted on regional issues, including the need for Iran to abide to international commitments on its nuclear program, the situation in Syria, and the political transition in Yemen."